Hamilton Beach 68330R Review


Favorable reviews for ice cream quality and quantity (four quarts, which is more than any other model on our list) for the Hamilton Beach 68330R, which features an easy-lock lid that lets you watch the process. Some users report it's noisy and some say the motor jams.

The Hamilton Beach 68330R (starting at $30, Amazon) earns finds favor with many consumers because it makes four quarts of ice cream (or sherbet, gelato, frozen yogurt or custard) at a go -- an impressive feat given its surprisingly low price. The ice cream that results with this electric, rock salt-and-ice model is creamy, "yummy," and better than store-bought, say Hamilton Beach 68330R reviews on Amazon. Similar opinions are echoed in reviews on Epinions, where one consumer notes the ice cream passed the test for firm and dense; one user wonders, though, why five batches turned out like milkshakes even after the machine ran for 40 minutes.

Hamilton Beach 68330R reviews indicate that u sers like being able to serve a larger crowd than is possible with the 1.5-quart models that are common in the cheap ice cream maker segment; one review on Rateitall.com notes that if only a couple of people are digging in, leftovers have a shelf life of about two weeks. On the other hand, some users aren't thrilled with the noise or build quality of the Hamilton Beach 68330R. In reviews on several websites, consumers complain about malfunctioning motors, gears that lose teeth, and cracks in the lid after only a few uses; the noise level is more of an irritant than a deal-breaker.

Despite its large capacity, the Hamilton Beach 68330R is relatively small: it measures approximately 12x12x13.5 and weighs 6.5 pounds. It comes with a one-year limited warranty, and should be hand washed. All in all, a decent deal if the unit holds up.

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